And What About Water?

IMG_1597Don’t drink water before you eat a meal

Don’t drink it during either, that’s part of the deal

Don’t drink water after, it will impair digestion

Just when you get to drink it seems to beg the question

of when you drink those eight glasses that somebody said we must

It’s starting to be difficult to learn just who to trust

How ’bout when you’re thirsty, grab some H20

Our body’s built to tell us what we need to know

If that weren’t true, our species would be dead

because they didn’t have the internet to tell them what was said

Good Enough

IMG_3076Healthy me 

healthy you

healthy talk

that isn’t true

Am I becoming quite obsessed

with anything that’s not the best?

Good enough is good enough

I am sick of all this stuff

Green Smoothies Controversy

spinach smoothie with peaches

Oh, for gods sake!   Now a slew of people are posting negatives about green smoothies.  Many of the comments questioned the conclusion that blending foods is somehow dangerous and these comments made more sense than the articles.

After reading a dozen or so of these, I came upon an article by Tracy Russell that offers a perspective that  makes sense to me:  

http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/why-green-smoothies-will-not-devastate-your-health/

How can it be bad to substitute a smoothie with greens and veggies and fruit for the god-awful stuff people usually eat!  

Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (on the T. Colin Campbell website) doesn’t recommend smoothies, but he did say this about them:

“Do I hate all smoothies all the time? Of course not. I know green smoothie consumers who put all the vegetables or fruits they eat for their entire day into the smoothie. Without the smoothie, they likely won’t consume any fruits or vegetables. Replacing the smoothie with a fast food egg and bacon sandwich is a dubious proposition, so I don’t always push hard to get rid of the smoothies.”

Dr Caldwell Esselstyn mocks and knocks the use of smoothies, but Dr.Joel Furhman seems to disagree as he includes smoothie recipes and calls them blended salads.

Another take on the controversy:  

http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/2012/01/smoothie-controversy.html

Let’s see what all the bad food is now:  meat, eggs, fish, chicken, dairy, sugar, beans, lack of beans, processed food, rice, fruit, starchy food, blended food, cold food, salads, anything cooked, anything not cooked, microwaved foods, boiled greens, raw greens, potatoes, lack of potatoes, oil, lack of oil, etc, etc, etc.

AARRGGHHH!  I get that animal protein is not ideal (and even that is questioned by some) and refined sugar is off the charts bad, but beyond that, I am not convinced.  The focus on every teeny aspect of food is disconcerting.   Can it be true that you will be ill  if you prepare your food incorrectly, or cook it too much or too little,  or combine it  incorrectly or even look at it sideways?  I understand that you may ingest more nutrients one way or another, but, seriously, it’s a wonder anyone is still alive and happy in this world!

Comments, anyone?  Tell me something good!

The Day After the Night of Being Awake Way Too Many Hours in a Row (or Insomnia Gets Old Faster Than I Do)

 

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Let me try to not take in

these negative calculations

that are hounding me again and again

Could be I must lower

my already low

expectations

and accept that life will be

less smooth

on occasion

Now that’s a salad:

IMG_2635Sprinkle with salt, pepper, an Italian blend seasoning, and a splash of rice vinegar and you will see that oil is not necessary!

Maybe It’s Just Winter

IMG_3072I’ve been eating really good, plant-based food, but I’ve still not lost the 5 pounds I think I should in order to get back to the weight I was before the holidays. 

Maybe it’s just winter.

Maybe it’s just me.

Maybe it’s the chocolate

I did not intend to eat.

Ah, well.  It’s all good.

I will be the weight I ought to be

Eventually.  Eventually.

 

Out of Nowhere

     This creeps in

This sinking sensation

Related to nothing

that makes any sense

Let the snow be snowmen

Let joy be intense

A turnabout progression

A welcome defense

          This creeps in

 an upward sensation

Related to something

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Apple and Pecan Salad

IMG_3055This salad was an unexpected hit!  It’s another recipe from the Sam’s Club magazine. 

I don’t usually include oil as part of my salad dressing, but made an exception here.  BUT we didn’t use the entire salad dressing — we only used about 2 tablespoons at the most.  We’re saving the rest for future use.  It absolutely does not need that much dressing — it might render it soggy and it would be just too much.  Original recipe included 4 oz crumbled feta cheese, but I used NO cheese — no cheese required :)

Apple and Pecan Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Makes 8 servings — Prep time:  5 minutes

Okay, the recipe says 8 servings but it’s so good it turned out to be 4 large servings–so good!

Salad Ingredients:  1 head romaine lettuce — 3/4 cup pecans — 1 apple (recipe suggested Fuji, I used Gala) — 1/2 cup dried cranberries — 1 small red onion

Dressing Ingredients:  1/2 cup honey — 2 tablespoons poppy seeds — 3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil) — 1/2 cup cider vinegar — 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:  1. chop lettuce, apple and onion (I used 1/2 scallion instead of onion).   2.  Proportion salad ingredients to personal taste.   3. combine dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly.   4. Toss dressing with salad just before serving.

 

No Bake Oatmeal and Honey Bites

IMG_3054Found this recipe in the Sam’s Club magazine that arrived in the mail.  Turned out to be very tasty:

No Bake Energy Bites

Makes 20 – Prep time:  15 minutes

Ingredients: 1/3 cup honey — 1/2 cup peanut butter — 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used dairy-free chocolate chips) — 1/2 cup ground flaxseed  — 1 cup oatmeal (I ground it up a little bit) — 1 tsp vanilla — 1 cup coconut flakes

Cooking Directions:  1. In a large bowl mix honey, peanut butter, chocolate chips, flaxseed, oatmeal and vanilla until well-blended.   2.  Pour coconut flakes into a small bowl.  3.  Shape honey mixture into balls, roughly the size of a golf ball, and roll in coconut flakes.  4.  Chill until firm.  Serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy to Be Focused on Nutrients

IMG_3035Throw in some spinach and ground flax seed and maybe a little unsweetened almond milk and you have yourself a nutritious and delicious breakfast.  So simple and a good start to the day, if you ask me, which nobody did.

Oh, right, then you blend it in a high-powered type blender.  I’ve been using a $50 Ninja blender — works really well.